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Saskatchewan seeding numbers only 2% complete

2 May 09 – Email from a farmer in Saskatchewan

Hi Robert,

My name is Tim.  I am a vegetable farmer living in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada.  My dad and I have a combined 80+ years of agricultural experience, so we naturally take the weather very seriously.  Since I discovered your site a few months ago, it has been my beacon towards sanity, as it addresses issues and topics that I've been pondering for the past 10 years or so.  You obviously don't need me to reiterate point by point and question by question the very obvious contradictions to the IPCC/Al Gore/David Suzuki line that the Mainstream Media by and large refuses to address in it's discussions about climate.  I'm trying to wean myself from both name calling and subjectivity on this topic, however what I hear coming from a lot of folks is either crazy or at the very least contradicts reality.

I thought you might like to know that I see a very definite turn towards colder temperatures since 1997 in our area of Central Saskatchewan.  I keep records which I cross reference with others in my profession about Spring temperatures in and around seeding time, and this season in the Rosthern area is easily the coldest start to Summer since 1997.  In and around 1997 we could sometimes start seeding in late March or at the very latest early April.  We're into the beginning of May now in 2009 and Province-wide seeding numbers are around 2% complete.  With tomorrow morning's low we will have gone through 10 consecutive days with low morning temperatures running 8 to 10 degrees Celsius or more below average.  At the low point this past weekend (Apr.25 & 26) lows in our immediate area dropped to -12 to -14 Celsius, compared to daily average lows which average +3 to +5 Celsius.  We haven't received the snowfall amounts that Southern Saskatchewan, Montana, Idaho, and the Dakotas received this past week; that would've exacerbated our situation even more.   

I could go on about weather news, but I won't.  I just wanted to let you know you're doing a bang up job and keep up the good work.

Tim Y.
A Farmer from Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada 




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